1st Edition

Effective Interventions for Social-Emotional Learning

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ISBN 9781462531998
Published November 30, 2017 by Guilford Press
246 Pages


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Book Description

This book reviews evidence-based, multi-tiered practices for promoting social-emotional learning (SEL) with typically developing students as well as those with special needs. Leading authority Frank M. Gresham, codeveloper of the Social Skills Improvement System--Rating Scales, describes how to systematically assess K-12 students' social skills and plan and implement universal, selected, and intensive interventions. His approach is grounded in cutting-edge research on social-emotional competencies and their role in adjustment and academic achievement. Emphasizing what works, the book showcases programs and strategies that are sequenced, active, focused, and explicit. Detailed case examples and lesson plans illustrate different levels and types of SEL intervention. Reproducible assessment tools can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Table of Contents

1. Definitional and Conceptual Issues in Social–Emotional Learning
2. Evidence Base for Social–Emotional Learning Interventions
3. Assessment of Social–Emotional Learning Skills
4. Universal Social–Emotional Learning Interventions
5. Selected Social–Emotional Learning Interventions
6. Intensive Social–Emotional Learning Interventions
7. Social–Emotional Interventions for Special Populations, with Paula Rodriguez
8. Practical Considerations in Social–Emotional Learning Assessment and Intervention
9. Summary, Conclusions, and Future Directions in Social–Emotional Learning
10. Case Studies in Social–Emotional Learning Assessment and Intervention, Rachel M. Olinger Steeves, Kelsey Hartman, and Sarah Metallo

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Frank M. Gresham, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of APA Divisions 16 (School Psychology), 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods), and 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). He is a recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award and the Senior Scientist Award from APA Division 16. Dr. Gresham is one of the few psychologists to be awarded Fellow status in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research and more than 260 publications address topics including social skills assessment and intervention, response to intervention, and assessment and interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. He is codeveloper of the Social Skills Improvement System--Rating Scales.


"In recent years, the fuller articulation of SEL strategies has galvanized practice with students with emotional and behavioral challenges. Yet there remains a great need for clear, concise implementation guidance for practitioners and educators--which is exactly what Gresham provides. This book offers an amazingly comprehensive overview of what is needed to achieve the goal of supporting all students' social–emotional skill development. The volume reflects Gresham's mastery of the research evidence and his decades-long history as a leader in the field. This is the best book I have seen on the topic."--Jeffrey R. Sprague, PhD, Professor and Director, Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, University of Oregon

"This is one of those rare books that are equally useful for experienced clinicians and students in training. It offers a masterful review of practices that can effectively be used with typically developing children and adolescents as well as those who have developmental disorders or externalizing or internalizing disorders, or who are deaf or hard of hearing. The book is based on a three-tiered positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) model, with practical assessment techniques, interventions, and realistic case studies for each tier. Each chapter ends with important summary points that are directly tied to implications for practice."--William R. Jenson, PhD, School Psychology Program, University of Utah

"No single researcher has had a greater impact on the area of social skills assessment and intervention than Frank Gresham. If you want to learn about social skills for children and adolescents, this is the one source you must have. It is the perfect book for a variety of practitioners and researchers in psychology, education, social work, and counseling. It could help schools transform their efforts to promote the social competence and well-being of students."--Clayton R. Cook, PhD, School Psychology Program, University of Minnesota

"Given the growing interest in SEL, this book is quite timely. It is a great resource for classroom use. As in all of his books, Gresham offers a thoughtful examination of research and evidence-based practices, going beyond simply summarizing the existing knowledge to provide powerful new insights and tools for practitioners."--T. Chris Riley-Tillman, PhD, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri–Columbia